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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Blankenberge, Belgium; Bruges, Belgium; Brussels, Belgium; Frankfurt, Germany; Kortrijk, Belgium; Mainz, Germany; Meulebeke, Belgium; Paris, France; Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Program Terms: Thanksgiving Break
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Thanksgiving Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin
Program Director:
Vece, Grit
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging
Classification at Departure:
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Cumulative GPA: 2.8 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: Dutch, Flemish, French, German
ISU Course:
Program Description:
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Explore Craftsmanship and Hospitality in Western Europe

This program will allow you to visit major landmarks, production facilities, companies, hotels, and museums as you travel through Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.  These visits will provide context for understanding more about the traditions and practice of craftsmanship and hospitality in EuropeAll four countries offer a variety of cultural enhancement opportunities, especially during the holiday season. This program is focused on building key skills from which you can benefit in your college career as well as in your professional career after graduation. You will gain confidence in your abilities to navigate through Europe, which will enable and empower you to commit to a longer stay such as spending an entire semester abroad.  This program focuses on exposing you to the various types of customs, art, and craftsmanship found in the host countries. Furthermore, you will gain craftsmanship skills through hands-on workshops with local experts.

During the program, you will:
1. experience the European way of life 
2. gain insights and understand how European artists and professionals work and conduct business 
3. be able to compare European undergraduate and graduate programs to American programs 
4. acquire new skills and apply new techniques during hands-on workshops 
5. compile knowledge through interaction with industry professionals and discuss your motivation and inspiration, as well as comprehend business structure and ethics 
6. explain, evaluate, and interpret your learning experience through self-reflection 

You will be enrolled in AESHM 281 (1 credit), the required ISU pre-departure orientation course for this study abroad program.  You will also be enrolled in AESHM 381 (2 credits), the required ISU class for the travel component of this study abroad program.

2017 Program Highlights
  • Round-trip travel to Europe
  • Paris landmarks: Sacre-Coeur, Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Palais Galliera
  • Belgium highlights: Texture Museum of Flax, River Lys, Libeco-Lagae (manufacturing and distribution of high-end linen and linen products), lace-making workshop at the Kantcentrum, Church of Our Lady, chocolatier shops, visit to the North Sea, visit to Bruges
  • Netherlands highlights: Anne Frank museum, Grachten tour, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam city center, Dutch fashion designer visit, Zaanse Schans Windmills
  • Germany highlights: visit to Vocational School for Clothing and Fashion, Textil-Taunusdruck fabric store, Gutenberg Museum, visit to Wiesbaden, traditional German potluck

Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants must meet the following requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:
  • Two letters of reference from ISU faculty members, one being from the student's home program
  • Essay explaining and reflecting on how they will benefit from participating in this program
The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.

All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information



Costs and Financial Assistance

This program has costs that will appear on your U-bill and costs that you will pay for out-of-pocket, and the budget sheet linked below outlines more information about the expected costs.  Please note that ISU budget sheets are estimates and costs may vary.  However, it should give you a good idea of how much you would spend to participate in this program. Other links below provide resources to help you find scholarships and other aid to pay for participating in the program.

Budget sheet for Explore Craftsmanship and Hospitality in Western Europe 
College of Human Sciences International Scholarships
College of Human Sciences Financial Resources for International Programs

Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the Thanksgiving Break 2017 program is March 24, 2017. You will be notified on or about April 3, 2017 if you have been accepted to participate. If you are accepted to participate you must either commit to or decline your offer in the ISUAbroad online application system no later than April 12, 2017. If you commit to your offer, you are officially part of the program, and you will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Charges will be applied to your U-bill.

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about Explore Craftsmanship and Hospitality in Western Europe should be directed to Program Director Grit Vece. Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office.

This program is currently not accepting applications.